“It’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state Senate,” she said of Obama at the Republican National Convention.
The crowd erupted with chants of “Zero!” and some delegates made zeroes with their fingers.
Palin continued, “This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word ‘victory’ except when he’s talking about his own campaign.
“What exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make the government bigger and take more of your money.”
She told the jubilant crowd earlier in the speech that she accepts the Republican Party’s nomination for vice president following a lengthy standing ovation. It marked the first time in history that a woman has taken the stage as the GOP vice president pick.
“I accept the challenge of a tough fight,” she said.
She praised McCain as a “true profile in courage.”
“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change,” she said.
Palin, whose youngest child has Down syndrome, also promised families of special needs children will have “a friend and advocate in the White House.”
As she took the stage, the crowd waved banners reading “Hockey moms for Palin” and shouted, “We love you, Sarah.”
“I love those hockey moms,” she said.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani warmed up the crowd by continuing the barrage on Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on Wednesday night, calling him a “celebrity senator” with no leadership experience.
“He’s never had to lead people in crisis,” Giuliani told the Republican National Convention. “This is not a personal attack; it’s a statement of fact. Barack Obama has never led anything. Nothing. Nada.
“The choice in this election comes down to substance over style. John McCain has been tested. Barack Obama has not. Tough times require strong leadership, and this is no time for on-the-job training.”
His speech was the third of the evening by former GOP presidential candidates who pumped up the Republican faithful ahead of the evening’s much-anticipated speech by McCain’s vice presidential pick, Sarah Palin.
Many in attendance chanted “USA! USA!” during key passages.
Earlier, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee got the crowd cheering when he ripped Obama for looking to Europe for ways to change America.
“Barack Obama’s excellent adventure to Europe took his campaign for change to hundreds of thousands of people who don’t even vote or pay taxes here,” he said.
“The fact is, most Americans don’t want more government; they want a lot less.”
Actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson led the charge, berating “Washington pundits and media big shots” who have questioned her experience as a first-term governor and former mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.
“Let’s be clear. … The selection of Gov. Palin has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic. She is a courageous, successful reformer who is not afraid to take on the establishment.”
“She’s taken on the special interests and the political power brokers in Alaska and reached across party lines to get things done,” Lieberman said.